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Food Defense Collaborative Exchange

The United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS) in collaboration with partners from USDA/Food System Inspection Service (FSIS), the Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) improves the awareness of food defense and increases the capacity of international communities to mitigate threats from the intentional contamination of the food system. As part of their International Food Defense Outreach program, FAS provides resources to the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) to host a Collaborative Exchange with selected international professionals each year. Those selected are comprised of professionals from government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector.

The goal of this effort is to equip the participants with the skills and understanding necessary to facilitate educational programs, vulnerability assessments and food defense planning efforts in their respective countries and regions. Since the attendees have foundational knowledge in food defense, curriculum is programmed accordingly to include intermediate to advanced course content. Additional activities focus on information transfer strategies, curriculum development guidance, and objective setting guidance for participants to use when they return to their country.

Fourth Cohort

Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, India, Israel, Jordan, South Korea, Turkey, USA

August 19-23, 2013
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Food Defense Collaborative Exchange 2013
Fifth Row: Tom Rosato, Fred Stephens, Shay Chen, Frank Busta   Fourth Row: Hanee Al-Dmoor, Vedpal Yadav, Helen Lawrence   Third Row: Karen Everstine, Alexis Ortiz Castillo, Juan Ortuzar, Romy Bergman Rios, Daniel Sturgill, Amy Kircher   Second Row: Tim Boyer, Francisco Menendez-Penate, Hee Dong Woo, Hami Alpas, Mohammad Al-Khrishah, Gary LeGore, Neal Fredrickson   First Row: Mohammad M. Ajlouni, Norberto Garcia, Eduardo Alywin, Nora Engo, Selcuk Bagci, Nazan Maras, Gabriel Van Dyck

Third Cohort

Mexico, Peoples' Republic of China, Vietnam

June 4-8, 2012
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Food Defense Collaborative Exchange 2012

Second Cohort

Philippines and Vietnam

May 23-June 3, 2011
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Food Defense Collaborative Exchange 2011

First Cohort

Peru and Thailand

August 23-27, 2010
Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota

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